Three killed and five others injured as light plane crashes into residential area of Tokyo

The scene of the crash
The scene of the crash

Three people have been killed and five others injured after a light plane crashed into a residential area of Tokyo.

The aircraft with a 36-year-old pilot and four passengers on board crashed at around 11am local time  shortly after take-off from Tokyo's Chofu airport.

"Four people were involved in the accident and three of them were rescued, but we don't know about further details, including their condition," a spokesman at the Tokyo Fire Department said.

Two people on board and one female local resident were killed in the accident, while five others were injured, broadcaster NFK said. 

At least three houses and two cars were on fire in the residential district of Chofu only some 500 metres from the airport.

The single-engine propeller-driven aircraft was bound for Izuoshima island in the Pacific some 100km south of central Tokyo for a one-day training flight, local media said.

Police have launched an investigation into the accident on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death, local media said.